Saturday, November 28, 2015

That magical Micro Nikkor

The 55mm F 3.5 Micro Nikkor was one of the finest lenses that Nikon made. I used it to do all sort of archival work and for pleasure shots and it earned me a lot of money. I finally replaced it with the 60mm F 2.8 auto focus Micro Nikkor but it didn't have the magic of the old one. These photos were all shot on Kodachrome II with a speed of only 25. The lens was mounted on a Nikon Ftn.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Have a beautiful weekend

The wonder of Charleston

Charleston South Carolina a a truly magical city. Because it was spared destruction during the Civil War, it ante bellum architecture gives the city a sense of authenticity along with great beauty. These are Kodachrome images that were scanned to preserve them.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

There used to be a garden

Yes indeed. There used to be a garden that was the replica of the famous pebbles garden in Kyoto. I visited both and was astounded at their similarity. Each day the pebbles were arranged differently and one could meditate while looking at them. Naturally, in the name of progress, it was demolished in the eighties along with most of the original green houses to build new ones that are not only ugly but already look dated. What can I say. At least we have photos to remember the way things were. These are Kodachromes that I scanned at high resolution.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The images I find

This daunting project to digitize my film images has the positive result of unearthing  images that I had totally forgotten. These water lilies were shot in the Hamptons back in 1976. It is always amazing to see how well Kodachrome II holds up.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Archival scan

This 120 Agfachrome 50 slide has kept it's color well. Agfa must have used a different emulsion from the one used in their 135 slide film. The 135 slides usually faded really fast while the 120's have remained colorful. Go figure.